Hocus Pocus (movie)

1993 film directed by Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American family fantasy horror comedy movie. It was directed by Kenny Ortega. It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The movie is about a family of witches, known as the Sanderson Sisters. They were resurrected by a teenager named Max (Omri Katz) along with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and girlfriend Allison (Vinessa Shaw). The movie received negative reviews from movie critics. However, it performed well in theaters where it grossed $39,514,713. After the movie was released on home video, it received a cult following.

Hocus Pocus
Directed byKenny Ortega
Screenplay byMick Garris
David M. Evans
Neil Cuthbert
Story byDavid Kirschner
Mick Garris
Produced bySteven Haft
David Kirschner
StarringBette Midler
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kathy Najimy
Omri Katz
Thora Birch
Vinessa Shaw
CinematographyHiro Narita
Edited byPeter E. Berger
Music byJohn Debney (Score)
James Horner (Song)
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$28 million
Box office$39,514,713[1]

Plot change

Three sisters, who are witches, are sentenced to death in the 17th century. They returned 300 years later because of a curse by Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler). Three kids try using a chant to stop them from scaring modern-day Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. They plan to turn immortal with the lives of modern day trick-or-treaters.

Release change

Theatrical change

Hocus Pocus was released in the United States and Canada on July 16, 1993. It opened in fourth place with $8.1 million.[2] The movie grossed $5.2 million in its second week. The movie fell out of the top ten, ending its domestic box office run with $39.5 million.[1][3] The film was released to foreign markets in October 1994.

Home video and television change

The movie was released to VHS in North America on January 5, 1994.[4] Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection release on April 2, 1996. After part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection release on August 2, 2000 and later to DVD on June 4, 2002.[5] Someone as the VHS and DVD release on September 2, 2003 in the United States in THX. It continues to show strong annual sales. It ranks in more than $1 million in DVD sales each October.[5] On September 4, 2012 Hocus Pocus was released by Disney on Blu-ray for the first time.[6]

Cast change

Awards and nominations change

Year Association Category Result
1994 Saturn Awards Best Actress — Bette Midler Nominated
Best Supporting Actress — Kathy Najimy Nominated
Best Supporting Actress — Sarah Jessica Parker Nominated
Best Fantasy Film Nominated
Best Special Effects Nominated
Best Costumes Won
Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Thora Birch Won
Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Vinessa Shaw Nominated
Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Omri Katz Nominated
Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Sean Murray Nominated
Best Youth Actor in a Voice Over Role - TV or Movie — Jason Marsden Nominated

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Box office information for Hocus Pocus". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  2. "The Top Movies, Weekend of July 16, 1993". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  3. "The Top Movies, Weekend of July 23, 1993". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  4. Amazon - Hocus Pocus (1993)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hocus Pocus - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  6. "Upcoming Disney Catalog Releases for 2012". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.

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